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Mike Tyson says fans underestimating Francis Ngannou against Tyson Fury: ‘Why can’t he give Tyson a capable fight?’

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Mike Tyson thinks Francis Ngannou is going to give Tyson Fury a legitimate fight.

Ngannou and Fury are set to face each other in a boxing match on Oct. 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The bout will be the biggest payday of Ngannou’s career and many fans view the matchup as simply a cash grab from the former UFC heavyweight champion. But former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson disagrees. Speaking with Ngannou on his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, Tyson said that people are underestimating him.

“This is what you have to look [at] when you think about him fighting Tyson Fury — Conor McGregor went 11 rounds or 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather, the greatest fighter of his generation, if not all-time. If that can happen, why can’t he give Tyson a capable fight?” Tyson said. “Floyd Mayweather is the greatest fighter in the world as far as technique and style. So why doesn’t he have a chance if McGregor did well and did a great account of himself? Everybody respects him for his effort. Nobody said, ‘He’s a b****.’ No one is saying that.”Mike Tywon

Tyson is currently helping Ngannou get ready for Fury, and while he previously noted that Ngannou’s legendary power gives him a shot at the upset, Tyson added here that he’s been impressed by Ngannou in their training thus far.

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